Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Harold Arlen Songbook

by Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald


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Ella Fitzgerald's idea to sing the songbooks of major writers proved smart, savvy, and artful. By the time she began to record Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book in 1960, she had sung the songbooks of Duke Ellington, Rodgers & Hart, and Irving Berlin. This relaxed and tastefully arranged set showcases Fitzgerald in her prime, confidently engaging 28 of Arlen's best songs. Familiar pieces like "One for My Baby" and "That Old Black Magic" make appearances, along with all-time classics like "Stormy Weather" and "Over the Rainbow." On this latter tune, she adds the front verses, an appealing addition that few will be familiar with. Billy May's orchestra lays down a quiet mix of horns and strings that perfectly supports Fitzgerald on songs like "When the Sun Comes Out" and "Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe." Four bonus tracks, including two alternative cuts, spice up the package. A particular oddity, "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead," converts surprisingly well into big-band jazz. Sings the Harold Arlen Song Book is an exquisite album, a classic in vocal jazz, and one of Fitzgerald's best recordings.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2001
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0731458910824
catalogNumber: 589108

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ella Fitzgerald   Primary Artist,Vocals
Herb Ellis   Guitar
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Billy May   Conductor
Lou Levy   Piano
Justin Gordon   Woodwind
Israel Baker   Violin
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Benny Carter   Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Benny Gill   Violin
Hendrickson   Guitar
Jules Jacob   Woodwind
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Ray Kramer   Cello
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Dan Lube   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Virginia Majewski   Viola
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Wilfred Middlebrooks   Bass
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Lou Raderman   Violin
Emil Richards   Vibes
George Roberts   Bass Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Nathan Ross   Violin
Mischa Russell   Violin
Wilbur Schwartz   Woodwind
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Murray Kellner   Violin
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Henry Beau   Woodwind
Joe Stepansky   Violin
Paul Andrew Smith   Piano
Veryle Brilhart   Harp

Technical Credits

Billy May   Arranger
Walter Sheets   Arranger
Doug Ramsey   Liner Notes
Edward Jablonski   Liner Notes
Cynthia Sesso   Reissue Photo Research
Bryan Koniarz   Reissue Producer
Ken Druker   Executive Producer

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